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HVNP Offering Free Summer Junior Ranger Program

May 4, 2017, 11:02 AM HST
* Updated May 4, 3:38 AM
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Island youth listen as Ranger Noah explains how shards of volcanic glass, called Pele’s Hair, are formed. Photo: NPS/Janice Wei.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) invites local youth to become “Next Generation Stewards” by attending a free junior ranger program this summer.

The fun-filled, three-day program will be held on June 6 to 8 for kids, ages 7 to 10, and on June 13 to 15 for kids, ages 11 to 13.

The program begins on a Tuesday and ends on a Thursday. During the first two days, it will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The third and final day will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. It will start and end at the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai.

HVNP’s junior ranger program focuses on connecting children with park resources and staff to encourage their enthusiasm for conservation and deepen their appreciation for Hawai‘i’s unique natural and cultural heritage.

Participating kids must bring their own day pack with water, snacks, lunch and rain gear, and be prepared to hike over uneven terrain for age-appropriate distances.

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To register for “Next Generation Stewards,” contact Education Specialist Gwen “Lanakila” Anderson at (808) 985-6020 or email [email protected] for information and an application.

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The deadline to apply is noon on Wednesday, May 17. Parents will be notified if their child is selected on May 18.

HVNP’s junior ranger program is co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association and the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Park entrance fees apply.

 

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